Glasses, phones and laptops top Nelson’s list of insurance claims

Kiwis have made nearly 29,000 insurance claims for lost glasses since 2020, totaling $26 million.

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Kiwis have made nearly 29,000 insurance claims for lost glasses since 2020, totaling $26 million.

Eyewear is Nelson’s most claimed insurance item, with over 400 of us having lost or damaged our specs in the last two and a half years.

State insurance data showed there were 427 claims for glasses in the Nelson area, amounting to $333,000. Nationally, eyewear took second place on the list of top 10 insurance providers, with nearly 29,000 claims totaling $26 million.

Cell phones, Aotearoa’s most claimed item, were number two on the list in Nelson, with 395 claims over the 2.5-year period, totaling $370,000. Nationally, there have been 36,000 complaints for phones, including 1,521 that fell down toilets.

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4,327 Kiwis have claimed missing, damaged or stolen dentures in the past 2.5 years.  Nearly 200 of these complaints involved pets.

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4,327 Kiwis have claimed missing, damaged or stolen dentures in the past 2.5 years. Nearly 200 of these complaints involved pets.

Laptops were third on the list for the region as well as nationally, with 241 claims in Nelson compared to nearly 20,000 nationally. Claims for laptops increased by 18% during the 2020 national lockdown, the insurer found.

Other top 10 items were jewelry, furniture, appliances, hearing aids, bicycles and rugs.

Dentures were tenth on the list, with 50 Nelsonians joining 4,327 nationwide in claiming missing teeth at a cost of $10 million.

While the majority of denture claims were for damaged or missing items, 184 were damaged by pets, the data showed.

The Financial Services Council’s Club of Insurers polled the public on the main reasons why people were underinsured.

Sarah C. Figueiredo